15. STICK WITH PRACTICAL EFFECTS
As far as makeup and on-set effects are concerned, The Walking Dead is about as good as it gets on TV. Even after seven seasons, the effects department continues to conjure up inventive new walkers — including this season’s armored spike zombie in “New Best Friends” and the hoard of algae and coral covered walkers in “Something They Need.” This is thanks largely to co-executive producer and special make-up effects supervision Greg Nicotero, who has been creating zombies ever since 1985’s Day of the Dead!
But when it comes to computer effects, The Walking Dead’s track record is far from flawless. Watching the CDC blow up all the way back in the season one finale was definitely a bit on the corny side, but with an increased budget you would think the computerized effects would now be near-prefect.
However, there were more than a few moments this past season that really drew attention to themselves, including the vista of the never-ending junkyard, along with the shots of Shiva sitting on Ezekiel’s balcony. We’ve seen the computerized tiger looking near flawless before and after, which only proves that if they don’t have time to perfect the CGI before the episode goes to air they’d be better of leaving it out of the show entirely.